Eats & Drinks, Mali
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on miracles

 

how do you like your miracles ?

grandiose ? sweeping ? brazen ?

lettuce urban garden gardener farmer Niger river Bamako

secret ? hushed ? hidden away ?

Bamako Mali urban garden leeks farm

noisy, with puffs of smoke and flashes of light ?

Bamako Mali urban garden leeks farm dog

or earthly, humble, even sensual ?

Bamako urban garden farmer pot plant mint spearmint

i’ll tell you: i prefer the latter. i prefer the miracles you can touch and taste and get inside of

over the spectacular ones you only hear about.

and yesterday, i came upon a miracle-maker.

Bamako urban garden gardener farmer cilantro fennel

he’s friendly, and passionate, and down to earth.

in fact, he spends most of his time in the earth, bringing life to wonderful,

and long-missed aromas and flavors.

fresh mint bunch urban garden
he makes magic happen, and the list is long: fresh rosemary, thyme, cilantro (!), flat parsley, curly parsley, sage, 3 varieties of basil, scallions, chives, arugula (!)  …

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and fronds of fennel silky enough to coax superlatives from your lips.


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he’s got lavender, citronella, and 3 types of mint, and more and more and more.

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i stood in his field, jaw hanging, enjoying an olfactory adventure i haven’t known for years as he handed me leaf after leaf to inhale.

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this is my kind of miracle, this is my brand of joy.

cilantro africa hand bunch fresh picked herb

what’s yours ?

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If you’re in Bamako and wishing for some of these

miracles, call

Vincent, in Badalabougou:

+223 74 58 31 80

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